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Reasons to Be (Rationally) Optimistic about the Future
Matt Ridley argues that most things for most people are getting a lot better

Human achievement has reached unprecedented heights, and we ain't seen nothing yet.

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10 Questions about Conscious Machines
How will we handle the rights of AI?

What happens to our institutions when the machines wake up?

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The World Is Bigger than You Think
Resources are an economic, not physical, phenomenon

"Natural" resources are not fixed because resources are not found in nature – they are created by the human mind.

Freeman Article

Economics as a Hard Science
Creating wealth is reckoning with entropy

Modern economic activity is more complex than the fires burned by primitive man, but both activities still hinge on the thermodynamic fundamentals of heat and entropy.

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7 Habits of Highly Effective Libertarians
How to sustain a lasting passion for liberty

The cause of liberty is worth our lifelong efforts.

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The Pet Rock: Value and the Birth of Modernity
A valueless thing was given value

Economic planning fails because it doesn't understand (or respect) the process that produced a rock in a box.

Freeman Article

How Does Paris Get Fed?
Answering the central question of economics

Frédéric Bastiat, the great 19th-century economic journalist, famously asked, "How does Paris get fed?" In a nutshell, I think that's the central question of economics.

Freeman Article

The Pet Rock: Value and the Birth of Modernity
A valueless thing was given value

Economic planning fails because it doesn't understand (or respect) the process that produced a rock in a box.

Freeman Article

The Silk Road Back to Leviathan?
Does Dread Pirate Roberts’s fate destroy the dream of justice without the state?

In evaluating stateless experiments like Silk Road, we have to ask, "As compared with what?" Certainly not an ideal. Try comparing Ross Ulbricht with Richard Nixon in Indochina.

Freeman Article

The Tasted and the Untasted
What a common cold teaches us about economics and life

Everyone else was raving about the chowder. I could only experience it vicariously.

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